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Break-ins plague Manchester

Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Manchester Community Safety and Security Division Marlene Bailey. At right: President of the West Close Citizens’ Association and
Neighbourhood Watch Osbourne James Lawrence
(PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - While the figures for some major crimes have been trending down in Manchester, the police have called for citizens to be more alert to criminality, particularly break-ins, which are on the rise. Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the West Close Citizens' Association ... Read More

Church Teachers’ College fraternity gathered for a 50th anniversary luncheon (PHOTOS: GREGORY B ENNETT) Church Teachers' College eyes university status
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Nostalgia filled the air as the Church Teachers' College family sat d ... Read More

The entrance to Mandeville Hospital where there was an Ebola scare Saturday. Food poisoning causes Ebola scare in Mandeville
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A case of suspected poisoning triggered reports that the deadly Ebola ... Read More

Glencoe Phase One, or Glencoe Meadows, in North East Manchester (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT Fire Brigade to search for fake fire hydrants
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Deputy Superintendent of the Manchester Division of the Jamaica Fire ... Read More

PHOTO: 200,000 ways to care

Monday, October 20, 2014    

200,000 ways to

Retired Custos of Manchester Dr Gilbert Allen (left) and wife Georgia (right) with board members of the Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust and some of this year's award recipients. The trust awarded two hundred thousand dollars to be divided among 10 high school students this school term. It also supports students who are in financial need. The awardees are expected to demonstrate commitment to personal development, self-respect and application to learning. (Photo: Allison McHayle) 2 ... Read More

Jamalco employees quit smoking

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Jamalco employees who participated in the Smoking Cessation programme are (from left)
Deryck Beckford, Horace Logan, Brenda Beale, Nicholas Dougherty, and Derron Garwood.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Five Jamalco employees created history when they graduated recently from the first Smoking Cessation programme to be launched at a corporate entity in Jamaica, a news release from the bauxite/alumina company has said. The five employees, Deryck Beckford, Horace Logan, Brenda Beale, Nicholas Dougherty, and Derron Garwood, were among 18 persons who enrolled in the special programme to quit smoking last September. The release said all five graduates are from the company ... Read More

Sixth former plans recycling project at Munro

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Members of the Munro College Debate team members (from left) Antonio Davis, Jadon Johnson, Matthew Williams, Jordane Clark, and Tajay Walters.

MALVERN, St Elizabeth - Munro College sixth form student Antonio Davis has pledged to use part of a $50,000 award for a presentation on climate change on a recycling project at his school. "I want to use it to better my school," Davis was quoted as saying in a news release issued by Wisynco, the company which made the award. "I am running for student council president and one of the projects I want to implement is a recycling programme," said Davis. "We do generate a high amount of glass and ... Read More

MegaMart's 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Patrons visit booths at a section of the grounds of MegaMart Mandeville abuzz with activity. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The 21-month-old branch of MegaMart Wholesale Club in Central Jamaica hosted a customer appreciation day on October 10 as part of the company's 15th anniversary celebrations this month. Customers, staff and well-wishers were feted at the branch's location at Bloomfield, at the corner of Greenvale Road and Perth Road. In addition to the Mandeville branch, the fourth in the MegaMart chain, there are locations in Kingston, Portmore and Montego Bay. The series of customer ... Read More

PHOTO: Pure joy!

Monday, October 20, 2014    

SOUTH Central Jamaica teams, defending daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Garvey Maceo High advanced to the next round of the inaugural Lime Super Cup Knockout football competition on Saturday. STETHS hammered Denham Town High 5-0, while Garvey Maceo High of Clarendon stopped Charlie Smith High 3-1. The third school from the south central region, Clarendon College were stopped 3-2 by Holy Trinity on penalties after the teams played to a 1- ... Read More

Accompong maroon election delayed until next year

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Maroons perform a ritual at the most recent January 6
celebration in Accompong

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - Head of the Accompong Town maroons, Col Ferron Williams says an overdue election for leadership of the community will be delayed until after the annual January 6 celebrations. In late August, Williams had told the Jamaica Observer Central that the election which becomes due every five years, would be held before January 6. However, Williams told the Observer recently that delay in the annual celebrations had been necessitated by various problems including a lack of m ... Read More

Stalwart educator hailed at valedictory service

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 20, 2014    

A portrait of the late Dr Nadine Scott and some of her works of art on display at the St Paul of
the Cross Cathedral where a tribute was paid in her honour during the valedictory service for the
sixth cohort of the St Mary’s University of Minnesota/ Catholic College of Mandeville Master of
Education graduates. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The recent valedictory service for the sixth cohort of Master of Education in Teaching and Learning graduates of St Mary's University of Minnesota was also an opportunity to pay tribute to a late facilitator of the programme -- Dr Nadine Scott. She held the position for three years up to the time of her death in May of this year, in addition to her responsibility as principal of Excelsior Community College. An educator for over 30 years, particularly in the arts, Sco ... Read More

New police chief in Area 3

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Outgoing Assistant Commissioner of
Police for the Area 3 Police Division
Derrick Knight (left) passed the baton
to Assistant Commissioner of Police
Kevin Blake at a Change of Command
and Introductory Ceremony in
Mandeville on Thursday. Corporal
Bryan Wilson is in background.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The Area 3 police division (Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon) now has a new head. Earlier this month, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kevin Blake took the baton from ACP Derrick 'Cowboy' Knight. The latter, who took charge of Area 3 in December 2012, now moves to Area the 5 headquarters (St Andrew South, St Thomas and St Catherine North and South). Knight said in his farewell speech that statistics from January-September this year are showing that compared ... Read More

PHOTO: TSO flashback

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Customers in a section of Millenium Furniture, Appliances, Electronics and Jewellery on Ward Avenue in Mandeville during the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out earlier this month. (Photo: Chelsea Bennett) TSO flashback --> Read More

Holness: CHIKV effort good, but too late

Friday, October 17, 2014    

Opposition and Jamaica Labour Party
Leader Andrew Holness (second right)
greets Floyd Green, the party’s new
flag bearer for SW St Elizabeth.
(PHOTOS: RICHARD HAMILTON)

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the spread of the chikungunya virus in Jamaica could have been avoided had the Government emulated the approach of the previous Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration in combating infectious diseases. Addressing Labourites at Newell High School in South West St Elizabeth late Sunday, Holness said the Bruce Golding-led government of 2007-2011 had shown the way in its handling of H1N1 (swine flu) and hand, foot and mouth di ... Read More



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